If you’re looking for a new pair of sneakers, you’re going to notice a lot of signature shoes from basketball players. These shoes are extremely popular by both players and fans and have become a big business for a number of brands.
It doesn’t matter where you shop, whether it’s online or in-person, signature shoes from Nike, Reebok and adidas, dominate the shelves. It’s been that way for years, and it’s most likely a trend that will continue.
But, with so many options out there, which signature shoes are the best? After all, it seems like almost every player at one point earned their own signature shoe. Well, to help narrow down the options, here are eleven NBA players with the greatest signature shoe collections.
11. Tracy McGrady / adidas T-Mac
T-Mac didn’t get his own signature sneaks until he was a part of the Magic in 2002. The superstar inked a lifetime endorsement deal in April 2002 and launched the adidas T-Mac 1–which were popular with younger players like a kid named LeBron James–in the same year. The adidas T-Mac 2 remains one of the more popular signature shoes from McCrady and helped adidas stand their own with the big boys like Reebok and Nike.
10. Kevin Durant / Nike KD
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It’s no surprise that The Swoosh would endorse one of the most electrifying players currently in the game. After the success of the awesome KD IV, Nike isn’t second-guessing their contract with the Thunder star. KD’s signature shoes have become some of the most talked about in recent years.
9. Patrick Ewing / adidas Attitude
Only a year after Nike dropped the Air Jordan 1, adidas unveiled the Attitude. Patrick Ewing’s first signature shoe was a massive success. And, the New York Knicks legend proved that there was more than enough demand for signature shoes besides those for His Airness.
8. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird / Converse Weapon
Despite achieving greatness on their own, the on-court rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird has created an association between the two legends that will never be broken. Even when it came time for each player to get his own shoe endorsement, it was from the same brand, Converse. Even the shoe was the same, the iconic Weapon. The Weapon was the unofficial shoe for both players, who each rocked a pair in their team’s colors, throughout the 1986-87 season. The pair even starred in a classic ad campaign for the shoe. Even though the Weapon was worn by many players, most people remember it being worn on the feet of Bird and Johnson.
7. Shaquille O’Neal / Reebok Shaq Attaq
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Everyone wanted a piece of the 7-foot, 300+-pound Shaq when he entered the league in 1992. Reebok got to the big man first and created several signature shoes in his name. These included the unique Shaqnosis and the memorable Shaq Attaqs, which were re-released earlier this year.
6. Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway / Nike Air Foamposite One
As far as signature sneakers go, Penny Hardaway remains one of the favorites. The 4x All-Star has had a number of memorable signature shoes, including the Nike Air Penny 3 and the Nike Air Foamposite One. He may not have succeeded Jordan on the court, but his shoes definitely have held their own against the Air Jordans and remain some of the most memorable shoes ever released.
5. Kobe Bryant / Nike Kobe System
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Kobe is not only one of the most well-known players in the game, he’s also one of the faces for Nike. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Black Mamba has released several iconic signature shoes since signing with Nike in 2003. Even before he signed with The Swoosh, Kobe had some decent signature adidas kicks. But most fans will remember his Nike collection, like the Zoom Kobe V, which could be considered one of the greatest performance shoes ever.
4. Allen Iverson / Reebok Question and Answer
AI and Reebok had a hit on their hands when they dropped his first signature shoe in 1996. The collaboration resulted in one of the greatest sneaker lines ever with The Question, which was followed up by The Answer. Some will even argue that AI’s signature shoes are the most iconic shoes ever behind Air Jordan.
3. LeBron James / Nike LeBron
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that LeBron is one of the best players in the game right now. He’s also one of the main faces for Nike, and he’s been with them before he even stepped foot in the NBA. It looks like that $90 million deal is working out for both parties since they’ve released a lot of signature shoes ranging from his first shoe, the Nike LeBron I, to the groundbreaking Nike Air Max LeBron VII.
2. Walt “Clyde” Frazier
In 1973, Walt “Clyde” Frazier was the first player to receive a signature shoe. The New York Knicks 7x All-Star and 2x champion wasn’t just dominating on the court, he was a fashion renegade. So, it only made sense for PUMA to give him his own signature line. The Clydes became an essential part of the early Hip Hop scene and are still in production today. Despite all the changes that kicks have gone through throughout the years, this signature proves that it’s tough to beat the classics.
1. Michael Jordan / Air Jordan
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When you think of signature shoes, there’s only one that comes to mind. Air Jordan. Ever since the shoes debuted in 1985, they’ve become an icon that has changed the game, both on and off the court. They were groundbreaking in design and technology, and created an entire generation of collectors. Even after all these years, Jordans are still in demand and have frequent re-releases and new models that receive much hype and expectations.
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